Childhood ill-treatments towards your mental health can cause serious issues as adults, do you know that? A 15-year longitudinal study says childhood insomnia can determine anxiety and mood disorders in young adults. This study was published in the journal named ‘Sleep’.
Results of the study show from childhood through adolescence and into adulthood were associated with a 2.8-fold increased risk of internal mental disorders. Insomnia symptoms that were newly developed in that study were associated with a 1.9-fold increased risk of mental disorders. There was no increased risk of mental disorders found in those children during the study period.
An associate professor at Penn State College of Medicine named Julio Fernandez-Mendoza said that “We found that about 40% of children don’t outgrow their insomnia symptoms in the transition to adolescence and are at risk of developing mental health disorders later on during early adulthood.”
An analysis of this study was done from Penn State Child Cohort of 700 children with a medium age of 9 years. The researchers did an analysis 8 years later with 421 participants among adolescents than with the medium age group of 26 years. Then researchers analyzed after 15 years now with 492 participants with young adults between medium age of 24 years. Insomnia symptoms were shown as little too severe difficulties then the difficulty in sleeping was seen.
The reasons attached to it because of various factors such as race/ethnicity, age and also sometimes could be the use of medications for mental health problems. According to the authors, childhood insomnia symptoms were shown because of internal disorders which could be depression and anxiety disorders.